Village Roots Permaculture’s Barn Raising Crowdfunding Campaign

The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock launched its sixth online crowdfunding campaign  called the Village Roots Barn Raising project. Village Roots is a family owned and operated, regenerative farm on the Orchard Hill Community in East Alstead, NH.

Learn more and support this campaign today!

Owners Marty Castriotta and Ellen Denny share, “The beauty of a barn raising is that it is a community endeavor. We’ll mill the wood and cut the timbers. You help by contributing to the campaign that will pay for our roof, siding, sight work, gravel, electric and much needed refrigeration. Then you show up on raising day, if you wish, and we raise the frame together. In return, we will offer you a variety of rewards to reimburse you for your contribution.”

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13th Annual Seed Celebration and Sustainable Community Fair

This year’s 13th Annual Seed Celebration and Sustainable Community Fair will be held on Saturday, February 10th, from 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship. This family-friendly event offers presentations on permaculture and related topics including local food, environmental and sustainable community initiatives, children’s activities and an opportunity for participants to plan gardens and stock up on organic seeds.

Schedule of Events

All Day:

The Caterpillar Lab, Seeds For Sale & Swap, Seed Art! Living Prayer Mandala, Activities for Children & Families, Tablers, Displays, Networking, café, Raffle

8:30 Doors Open
9:00 Welcome – Valerie Piedmont – Hive Space
9:30 – 10:30 Jonah Ruh Roberts: Medicinal Herbs for the Northeast Garden – Colony Room
9:30 – 10:30 Nicole Colvin-Griffin: Social Permaculture and Activism – Creating A New Way Together – Roxbury Room
9:30 – 11:00 Lionel Chute: Planetary Management: Principles and Consequences – Buckminster Room
9:45 – 11:15 Valerie Piedmont: Designing the Self – Green Energy Options
9:45 – 11:45 Marty Castriotta: Introduction to Permaculture – Wadsworth Room
11:00 – 11:45 Jodi Turner: Home is Where the Heart Is – Honey Bees & Pollinators – Roxbury Room
11:00 – 12:00 Dave Wichland: Mycological Landscaping: Breaking it all Down! – Colony Room
11:15 – 12:00 Lior Sadeh: Herbs in Biodynamic Preparation – Buckminster Room
11:45 – 12:00 Jennifer Close: Seed Blessing Circle – Hive Space
12:15 – 1:00 Solar Sisters Concert – Combined Roxbury & Wadsworth rooms
1:15 – 1:45 Tom Prunier: Kimchi Making – Wadsworth Room
1:15 – 2:00 Jean Balamuth: Vermiculture – Colony Room
1:15 – 2:15 Leslie Kreek: Planting Your First Vegetable Garden – Roxbury Room
1:15 – 2:15 Katherine Policy: Financial Permaculture – Buckminster Room
1:15 – 2:15 Jennifer Close: Powerful Potential: A Guided Drum Journey and Circle Discussion on Seeds – Green Energy Options
2:00 – 3:30 Tad Montgomery: A Call for a Connecticut River Watershed Bioregional Congress – Wadsworth Room
2:15 – 3:00 Doug Clayton: Getting Biochar into your Compost – Colony Room
2:30 – 3:15 Eric Zablowsky: Permaculture strategies for raising chickens! – Roxbury Room
2:30 – 3:30 Jan Lambert: Beavers: Nature’s Water Cycle Experts – Buckminster Room
3:30 Last Call for Raffle
3:30 – 4:00 Firebird Morris Dancers – Hive Space
4:00 Raffle Drawing

The celebration will focus on stewardship and other skills necessary for living well in a changing world. Topics include: mycological landscaping, biochar, permaculture design, bioregionalism, financial permaculture, vermiculture, beekeeping, making kimchee and tools for personal and planetary growth. There will be music and dance including a lunchtime concert. Our café features soups, stews and baked goods from local restaurants and kitchens, as well as Orchard Hill breads.

Over the years, farmers, gardeners, and activists working for sustainable communities have come to know this event as a great opportunity for networking and day-long fun. Your support enables us to make this event a success.



NH Permaculture Day: Calling All Presenters & Vendors

The NH Permaculture Guild is accepting proposals from folks interested in sharing and teaching their skills, knowledge, and experience through a presentation, demonstration or workshop at this years’ Permaculture Day.

The day has been host to a wide range of educational programming, including workshops in natural building, fermentation, and herbal medicine, as well as presentations on permaculture principles, alternative energy, and livestock management. This list of possibilities abounds!

The Guild is also seeking vendors to fill their Vendor Village.

View information regarding submitting presentations or register as a vendor.

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Is a Permaculture Design Certificate Course Right for You?

By Martin Castriotta, Village Roots Permaculture

Is a Permaculture Design Certificate Course right for you? Here are some commonly asked questions.

What is permaculture?
Permaculture is an ecologically-based design system. Permaculture designs produce human habitats (food, shelter, community) that are highly resilient (responsive to change), restorative and regenerative. Permaculture grows positive solutions to feed the future.

What is a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course?
A PDC is a set of coursework aimed to provide an overview of permaculture; its origins, its current context, its principles and its practices. PDCs provide at least 72 hours of course work. Lead instructors hold design certificates themselves and are proven experienced educators and practitioners of permaculture. PDCs provide a foundational education in ecology, soil science, water management solutions, site analysis and assessment, mapping and perennial food production systems.

Who is permaculture for?
Permaculture is for Earth and for Humanity. In that sense, it is for all of us.

Who takes a PDC?
Permaculture is not just for farmers and gardeners. Many people take PDCs to learn better management practices for a parcel of land that they steward. This could be a 1/4 acre lot, a parkway (strip between road and sidewalk) or a small farm. Maybe it’s your land, or maybe it’s not. Builders take PDCs to learn how to integrate permaculture into home design. Landscapers are often drawn to the possibilities of creating ecosystems. New business owners draw from principles to increase efficiency and resilience. Educators and artists share with the world positive solutions. High schoolers prepare for their future and elders build upon accumulated knowledge and share wisdom.

How will I benefit from a PDC?
By participating in this course you will access a foundational understanding of ecological design. You will look at natural systems in a whole new way and you will be able to apply this new understanding to your own systems of production. Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world. A PDC gets many new farmers off on the right (bare) foot. For many professionals, a PDC is a further credential in their field. For many lifelong learners, a PDC is the next logical step in developing a deeper understanding about how to inhabit our living planet.

Check out the upcoming Permaculture Design Course offered by Village Roots Permaculture at Orchard Hill Farm in Alstead, NH.